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8 flirt with tragedy on East Beach

East Beach Cliff Fall 1

8:22am 11th August 2017

Coastguards in Dorset have revealed eight people, including small children have been putting their lives at risk by climbing on the recent cliff fall on East BEACH.

A team from West Bay were called out just after 10.40am yesterday following reports families were spotted on the rocks.

In a statement, West Bay Coastguards said,

"With all of the recent heavy rain washing away the sandstone and mud, it would not take a great deal of force for one of these boulders to be dislodged and cause serious injury, especially to a child.

The cliffs along the UK coastline are continually eroding and we’ve seen a number of cliff collapses in recent weeks. It’s impossible to predict when the next piece might fall or how big it will be.

It’s very clear that cliffs are very unstable in places and we really can’t stress enough how important it is to keep back from the edge. There is no ‘safe’ place to be.

When standing at the bottom of a cliff, we would always advise people that they shouldn’t stand less than the height of the cliff away. That means that if the cliff is 25 metres high, don’t go closer than 25 metres towards it.

Don’t be tempted to go and investigate rock falls as the area could be unstable, and don’t risk going to the edge of the cliff to get a dramatic picture.

One of our biggest problems is tackling the ‘selfie culture’ where people take risks to get a dramatic photograph of themselves on a dangerous cliff edge – no selfie or photograph is worth risking your life for"

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